JACKSON, Miss – The Jackson State University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams will travel to Huntsville on May 5-7 to compete in the 2017 SWAC Outdoor Championships.
On the men’s side the Tigers have competed well this season and look to have a lot of top tier finishes. Noteworthy mentions for the Tigers include, Eddie Parish freshman from Jackson, Miss. Parish is the SWAC leader in high jump who’s looking to retain that title. Javauny Hyde, sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica in the long jump and triple jumps. Azariah Foster, sophomore from Covington, Ga., in the 110 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles. Joshua Hilliard, sophomore from Terry, Miss. in the 110 meter hurdles. Vincent Langat, freshman from Nairobi, Kenya in the 5000 and 10000 meters. James Curtis, senior from Vineland, NJ., in the 1500 meters. Eclecius Franklin, junior from Jackson, Miss., in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Seth Gibson, freshman from Tuscaloosa, Ala., in the discus. “I’m expecting some good performances from all the guys, said head coach Mark Thorne, we’ve worked really hard all year and now it’s time to reap the rewards.”
On the women’s side the Lady Tigers have competed and performed well this season and look to finish in the upper echelon this weekend. Heavy hitters for the Lady Tigers in the track events are, sophomore Akeilia Knight from Bridgetown, Barbados. Knight is ranked fourth in the 800 meters with a great opportunity to place higher or to win. Khadijah Qualls, junior from Vicksburg, Miss., is ranked sixth in the high hurdles and ninth in the intermediate hurdles. “Qualls has been hurdling through a nagging injury but she preservers and allows nothing to stand in her way,” said head coach Camille Ross. Jahelle Cato, freshman from Douglasville, Ga., is ranked eighth in the high hurdles and 12th in intermediate hurdles. “Qualls and Cato scored in highs indoor, said coach Ross, and are looking to do the same this weekend.”
In the field events the Lady Tigers front runners are, Latoya Gilding, sophomore from Trinidad and Tobago, who is currently ranked second in shot put and discus. Gilding is the defending champion in the discus. Ky’Bria Spell, senior from Atlanta, Ga., is the SWAC leader in the hammer throw. Spell is looking for a win at SWAC Outdoor championships and qualifying for the NCAA East Regional. Spell is also ranked third in discus and eleventh in shot put. “The greatest thing about competing at SWAC Championships is that you don’t know what’s going to happen, said Ross. “Some events go as expected but then there are those pleasant surprises by those who step up and change the tone of the day.”
The 2017 SWAC Outdoor Championship will take place on May 5-7, 2017 at the Louis Crews Stadium in Huntsville, Alabama. Admission is FREE!
GO Tigers and Lady Tigers!